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How to Include Temporary Assignments on Your Resume

October 22nd, 2013

Temporary and short-term assignments are great in the beginning of your career or when you are looking to change careers, because they provide you with valid work experience. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat difficult to list them on your resume – in a way that makes sense to recruiters. If you have worked only one or two temporary jobs, it is a little easier to list them. But when you have a handful of assignments that were all short term, it gets more difficult. Here are some tips for including them on your resume.

List the Agency as Your Employer

If you worked multiple assignments for a single temporary agency, include the temporary agency’s name first. This is who you worked for, who provided you with temporary assignments, and who paid you. They are the company that is going to come up on your background check. While you probably worked for multiple companies, you were not employed by them. You were employed by the temporary agency, so that is who should be listed on your resume.

List the Job Titles

After listing the agency you worked for, make a list of job titles you held. If you had just one type of position through different temporary assignments, you only need to list it once. However, many temporary agencies place you with slightly different job titles, such as “accounting assistant,” “data entry processor” or “payroll assistant.” While it takes approximately the same education and skills for these three positions, they are varied in the type of job titles. Enter them separately in the temporary agency section of your resume.

Detail Your Job Duties

Next, make a place on the resume where you detail the duties you completed. The clients you worked for are not as important as the type of assignments you had. This is where the interviewer or recruiter is going to verify your experience. Most recruiters don’t care as much about the fact that you were a temporary employee, but they do care about what kind of skills you acquired while employed. Be specific with what was expected of you in those positions.

The Length of Assignments

It also helps to provide the length of assignments and why they ended. Recruiters want to know the only reason you left those temporary assignments was because you were simply providing support for an extra project for a company or filling in for an employee who was ill or on maternity leave. It looks much better than if you say it wasn’t the right fit or you didn’t like the assignment. Your temporary agency will be your primary reference for these assignments, so they will also be able to answer these questions when the recruiter calls to verify your employment.

You can also consider omitting this experience if the temporary assignments were very short (less than a week or two). Look at your overall resume and the experience included. If the temporary assignments didn’t provide much experience compared to other jobs you have had, or if they are unrelated to the types of full-time work you desire, consider not including them.

If you are looking for Fairfield CT recruiting agencies, contact Concorde today.


3 Ways to Avoid Job Search Desperation | Career Candidate Tips

February 25th, 2013

More than ever it is becoming difficult for the unemployed to find work. Yes, companies are hiring. Yes, new opportunities are out there. But, the problem is that there’s incredible competition in the career market, and this means there will be rejections from companies. For many of those who are looking for work, the job search is going from being challenging to being a process of desperation.

How can you avoid finding yourself in a situation where you are desperately trying to find work?

#1 – You Have to Be Realistic

One of the biggest things you don’t want to do is to settle for a job that is not right for you or your future. On the other hand, you have to be realistic. That’s the hard line to walk. If you see a position advertised but know it will not be good for you, don’t apply to it. It may be tempting but that job desperation is going to hurt you in the long run.

Make a list of the jobs you want to have, such as a dream job. Then, make a list of those that you will be okay holding. Write down the salaries, responsibilities and the title you will hold. It will help you to define just how low you are willing to go for that position.

#2 – Take the Time to Look Further

One of the mistakes many people make is not looking out into the horizon far enough. Instead of using the same way to find a job every single day, (you know the job boards you love and use all the time) switch things up. Give yourself something new to look at.

At the same time, consider how you are looking for a job. Are you trying to do it on your own and failing? It may be time to consider another option. Work with a recruiter instead. Use a temp agency, like Concorde Personnel, to get your feet wet. Look towards career support options as alumni.

#3 – Get Positive People Around You

It is hard to be positive and to keep working towards your goals when there is no end line in sight, but that is exactly what you have to do. You need to look past the rejections you are getting.

Those negative thoughts are hard to fight off on your own, though. That is why it is best to turn to other people who can help you. Be sure you have a support system that is honest (and can smack you around a bit when you need it) but one that is not going to let you give up or settle. It may be a professor from school or someone you’ve worked with in the past that you view as a mentor.

It’s never easy to find a job, especially when there is so much you are working against to find out. Yet, falling into a position of job search desperation is not going to help. It may even delay your ability to find the position that you’ve wanted and needed.

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